Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón
for &tradition


Milan 2013: Spanish designer Jaime Hayón has created a chair with armrests that stretch outwards like limbs for Danish brand &tradition.

Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón for &tradition

Jaime Hayón based the form of the Catch chair on the image of a human figure with outstretched arms.

Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón for &tradition

"When I was drawing Catch, I drew a man with open arms, like a chair that wants to catch you. And it works like that," explains Hayón.

Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón for &tradition

Produced by furniture brand &tradition, the chair is composed of a moulded polyurethane-foam shell, which is covered in cold cure foam and then finished with either leather or textile upholstery.

Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón for &tradition

The legs are available in white-oiled or black-stained oak, while the upholstery comes in various finishes, from a naked shell to pigmented leather or wool in a broad range of colours.

Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón for &tradition

The chair was presented at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan last month.

Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón for &tradition

Hayón also unveiled a wingback armchair called Ro and a series of aluminium and terracotta outdoor furniture in Milan.

Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón for &tradition

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Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón for &tradition

Here's some more information from &tradition:

Renowned for his whimsical drawings, CATCH is capturing Hayon's playfulness, while creating a comfortable, upholstered chair with a very light touch. The armrests extend from the padded backrest like literal limbs, ready to embrace you as you sit down. The wooden legs in stained or white-oiled oak adds a grace and lightness to the chair.

Catch Chair by Jaime Hayón for &tradition

"Our collaboration with Jaime Hayon dates back to when the company was founded in 2010," says brand director martin Kornbek Hansen. But this is the first product to come out of the exchange between Hayon and &tradition, that started over a steak dinner. "It's a curious relationship," says Hayon of the collaboration with &tradition, "because I come from a very different ambience. I've always liked scandinavian design, but I never knew I'd end up designing for great companies in the north." The meeting of Hayon's mediterranean aesthetic with the heritage of the scandinavian craftsmanship has given rise to an innovative form. "It has been interesting to see how Hayon interprets and adapts his design to this tradition," says Kornbek Hansen.

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  • Henk

    Funny how except the basic shape of the seat, everything on the real chair is different from his sketch – materials for shell, connection to legs, etc.

    • Damian

      If the sketch and the final product differ probably means that there was some work done. It worries me if people find this funny.

      • Henk

        Sure, there are always changes in a design process. But the details on the sketch seem kind of important to the whole design idea, and to have them totally replaced by a massive and crude wooden base is just a bit underwhelming. So not a lot of work but rather the opposite must have happened: let’s do something simple and generic rather than risk failure with an interesting and challenging connection detail.

        • Arby

          Design is a give and take relationship, where form and function have to cooperate. I’m sure the legs could’ve been resolved to be similar to the sketch using injection moulding etc, but perhaps the desire to use wood outweighed the desire to have a flowing base (not to mention production costs). I find the legs to be unique and really quite beautiful, and I think we all should appreciate the iteration that went into the design.

        • Damian

          I have to agree with you on the crude wooden base. Especially the white oiled-oak version.

  • Kate Austin

    I can’t put my finger on it but to me this just looks silly rather than stylish. I think I’ve seen one too many reworkings of mid century modern designs

  • markus eloiny

    I tried this chair in Milano, by far the most comfortable chair I’ve tried in years! And it
    looks beautiful. Congrats to Hayon, who continues with his exceptional quality.

  • tittly29

    The grey woolen chair looks so inviting. I could see myself sitting on that in winter.

  • Christoffer

    It’s available at, Ringsted, Denmark.